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 Jackson, Mississippi Bicycle Accidents Are Serious

Losing someone you love is probably one of the hardest experiences in life. When you lose the one you love due to the negligence of someone else, it can add to the pain and anguish.

A young 13-year-old boy, dreaming of becoming a Navy SEAL, rode his bike to the local 7-11 near his house. He wanted to get some snacks before his mother returned home from work. They were going to play video games together.

He had his Bluetooth device in his ear and when his mother called on his way back home, he told her about his day at school and what kind of snacks he had bought for their video game session when all of a sudden, his mother hears the panic in his voice. The last words she heard from her son were, “No! Oh, no!

His phone went dead. She tried to call him back over and over without luck. She left work and rushed home. Near her house, she spotted paramedics and police lights. It was her son and he had been severely injured. He was awake and she held his hand, telling him she would meet him at the hospital.

At the hospital, doctors said he would be okay after surgery, he was a fighter. A few hours later, she was told that they had done all they could but the injuries were too severe for survival, and the boy died in the operating room. The driver had never stopped.

You can’t imagine a car hitting you and just leaving you there on the road. It is unimaginable that you could lose a loved one in this manner. If you have been injured or the life of your loved one was taken in an accident, you need to consult a Jackson bicycle accident attorney. The law firm of GKBM can stand up for you during one of the most anxious of times. We understand how difficult it is to get back to life after such a tragedy.

Are Bicycle Accidents Common in Jackson, Mississippi?

The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that each year, more than 800 people are killed while riding their bicycles across the country.

The age group with the highest rate of bicycle accident fatality are people 20-years-old and younger. And believe it or not, most accidents involving bicycles occur 50 percent of the time during daylight hours. The number one factor for all accidents across the nation used to be driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Today, the number one cause is distracted driving. Drivers on their cell phones or texting. Another interesting fact is that men are the victims of 85 percent of all bicycle accidents.

Many people fear to ride their bicycles and with good cause. The increase in distracted driving is a serious matter and one which will keep city planners and legislators busy for years to come. Are bicyclists to blame, too? Well, the data shows that although some accidents can be seen to have an element of partial blame, the overwhelming majority of bicycle accidents are due to the negligence of the driver of the vehicle.

What Is The Cause Of Bicycle Accidents in Jackson, Mississippi?

Bicycle accident deaths increased 1.3-percent in 2016. The number of deaths, 840, was the highest number of Bicycle accident deaths since 1991.

Have you ever thought about how these accidents occur? There is research indicating which type of actions have caused the most vehicle accidents involving a bicycle. Here are some of the top things that people were doing when accidents happened:

  • A car turns right or left into the path of a bicyclist
  • A car or bicyclist misjudge space and distance
  • A driver opens the car door in front of the bicyclist
  • A driver runs a red light
  • A bicyclist does not wear reflective clothing in the dark

What Should I Do If I Am In A Bicycle Accident In Jackson, Mississippi?

Bicycle accidents involve the same issues as accidents involving two cars. A Jackson bicycle accident attorney will try to prove negligence of the driver who hit you or your loved one. Two questions will have to be answered in court: Did negligence by the driver cause the accident resulting in injuries? Was there any negligence of the bicyclist that may have contributed to the accident?

Most people wrongly think they can’t sue for damages if they have any fault in an accident, but that is not always the case. Successful attorneys win hundreds of cases each year across the country where there was partial blame.

Only an experienced Jackson bicycle accident attorney can advise you in your case. Each case is not the same, and the facts will be different.

If you someone you love has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident in Jackson, call our law office today at 901-526-2126 or toll-free at 888-526-2126 You can also contact us here for a free consultation of your case. We serve Jackson and the entire Tri-State area. We can come to you at the hospital or in your home.